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Bangladeshis among 394 migrants rescued from Mediterranean Sea

A number of Bangladeshis among 394 migrants have been rescued from a dangerously overcrowded wooden boat in the Mediterranean Sea overnight on Sunday in an operation lasting about six hours, a Reuters witness said. Two humanitarian rescue ships pulled them. Other than the Bangladeshis, the migrants were mainly men from Morocco, Egypt and Syria. The German and French NGO ships ...

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Myanmar army ruler promises elections

Myanmar’s military ruler Min Aung Hlaing on Sunday again promised new multi-party elections and said his government is ready to work with any special envoy named by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). He spoke in a televised address six months after the army seized power from a civilian government after disputed elections won by Nobel laureate Aung San ...

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Global Covid cases top 197 million

As the mass vaccination rates lags, the second wave of the pandemic continues to spread fast with the global Covid-19 caseload sugaring past 197-million mark. Vaccination rates across the world continue to lag largely for short supply of vaccine jabs and widespread disinformation and misinformation campaigns. According to the Johns Hopkins University (JHU), the total global caseload and fatalities stand ...

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Japan to extend Covid-19 state of emergency in Tokyo

Japan’s government is to extend a virus state of emergency in Tokyo and impose the measure in four more regions, as cases surge a week into the pandemic-postponed Olympics. The Japanese capital reported a record number of new infections on Thursday as daily cases nationwide topped 10,000 for the first time, report news agencies. Tokyo 2020 organisers have reported 27 ...

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Israel president gets third Covid vaccine dose

Israel’s President Isaac Herzog received a third dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine Friday, launching the Jewish state’s campaign to give booster shots to people aged over 60. “We are beginning the booster vaccination” so that life in Israel can return to “normal” as soon as possible, Herzog said after receiving the injection at Sheba hospital in Ramat Gan, near ...

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BSF jawan held for rape of Bangladeshi woman

A BSF sub-inspector was arrested on Thursday for allegedly raping a 30-year-old Bangladeshi woman on the pretext of interrogation inside a camp of the force at Gaighata in North 24 Parganas of India. The accused, Rameswar Kayal, has been remanded in police custody for two days after being produced in a Bongaon court on Thursday. According to police sources, two ...

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A birthday gift: Israeli woman donates kidney to Gaza boy

Idit Harel Segal was turning 50, and she had chosen a gift: She was going to give one of her own kidneys to a stranger. The kindergarten teacher from northern Israel, a proud Israeli, hoped her choice would set an example of generosity in a land of perpetual conflict. She was spurred by memories of her late grandfather, a Holocaust ...

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Kuwait bans unvaccinated citizens from travelling

Kuwait on Tuesday said only citizens who have been vaccinated for the coronavirus will be allowed to travel abroad starting on Aug 1. A government statement said the rule excepted children under age of 16, those with a health ministry certificate saying they cannot be vaccinated, and pregnant women who have a pregnancy proof certificate from authorities, reports Reuters. Also ...

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Maharashtra floods: Death toll climbs to 207

The toll in the Maharashtra flood climbed to 207 with 15 more deaths recorded on Tuesday morning. Maharashtra governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari will be on a day’s visit to the flood-affected areas of the Raigad and Ratnagiri districts today. The Governor will be visiting the Taliye village and Chiplun during his visit. According to the state government’s report, Raigad has ...

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Rahul Gandhi rides tractor to Parliament in protest against farm laws

Congress leader and Member of Parliament from Wayanad, Rahul Gandhi was seen driving a tractor to the Parliament on Monday. The vehicle was mounted with a banner demanding that the three “anti-farmer black laws” be repealed. Gandhi, however, could not take the tractor inside the premises as only vehicles with valid passes are allowed entry. Speaking to reporters while seated ...

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